John A Devlin


About John Aloysius

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    John Aloysius
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  • Date of Birth
    26 October 1898
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    Machine Gun Corps


John Devlin was born in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire to parents John, a publican, and Ellen.  In 1901, John was living with his parents and sister Maggie, aged one, at Nursery Gardens, Kilmarnock.

John attested on 21 October 1914, and joined the 6th (Reserves) Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and served until 3 May 1916.  On 3 May 1916, he transferred to the Machine Gun Corps based at Grantham.  He gave his address as 94 Main Street, Neilston, Kilmarnock and his occupation as a clerk.  He was aged 19 years 6 months and stood 5ft 8in tall with a 34in chest.  John Devlin was serving with F Company and stationed at Belton Park, Grantham when he passed through Peterborough East Station and signed the visitors’ book on 8 July 1916.  He was appointed Acting Corporal on 21 January 1917.  He was discharged to a commission on 25 May 1917 and appointed temporary 2nd Lieutenant with the Machine Gun Corps.

From information kindly provided from Machine Gun Corps records held at Grantham, we learn that John served in No 218 Company in France before being posted to Mesopotamia, where he was Signalling Officer in 274 Company (14th Indian Division).   He was “Mentioned in Despatches” on 9 September 1921 and went on to serve in the Labour Corps.  He relinquished his Commission on 06 June 1921, when working as a Staff Officer at GHQ Baghdad.  He was awarded the British War and Allied Victory medals.

We have been unable to discover what happened to John after the war. Where did he live?  Did he marry?  What was his occupation?

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